Saturday, May 26, 2012

Blue Bubblegum Ice Cream

Raise your hand if you remember eating blue bubblegum ice cream.
I can remember it being one of my favorites when we were little. It was one of those special occasion treats for Sue and I. We used to purposely eat it messily to get blue mustaches.
Yeah. That's right. We were pretty cool kids.
I have tried to find it in stores the last few years and it is just not to be found. Keep in mind I live in a teeny tiny little town in the mountains of Canada. It may very well be available in the city.
That being said, I was really wanting to try to recreate the flavor in a homemade ice cream.
I think I was successful. It was pretty exciting.
It is a very sweet ice cream. My younger taste testers seemed to fall more madly in love with it than my older testers.
Mind you, my older tasters appreciated the trip down memory lane.

Blue Bubblegum Ice Cream

2 cups whipping cream (heavy cream)
2 cups half & half
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
blue food coloring (enough to tint it light blue)
3 packs (15 pieces) Hubba Bubba bubblegum

In a medium saucepan, whisk together all of the ingredients except the gum. Place over medium heat.
When mixture is starting to heat up, add bubblegum pieces. Bring to a simmer.
Stir constantly until gum is almost completely dissolved and base has started to thicken a bit.
Remove from heat and place in a container with a lid. Cover and place in fridge until completely cold. (6 hours to overnight).
Once chilled, remove from fridge and strain mixture through a fine sieve/strainer to remove the remaining bits of gum.
Pour cream mixture into your ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions.

You can make this and throw in some mini gumballs just before you put it in the freezer, if you like, but I much prefer it without.
Childhood in a bowl.

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  1. Yum this sounds really good! & I love the sponge bob bucket so cute :) Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday Round Up! Have a great week!
    -Kayla :)

  2. This is totally awesome! How did you get brave enough to melt bubblegum? Just dropping in to visit (I was dragged in by your ice cream) from Sunday Roundup and I am now following you on Linky. I would love to invite you to my Freedom Fridays Blog Hop each week. So hoping to see you there (and please bring the ice cream).

    1. I didn't have access to any kind of bubble gum extract so figured there was no harm in trying!! I had seen a candy recipe a few years back that used melted bubble gum so figured it might work for ice cream too.
      Thank you for the invite :) We will see you there!

  3. Wow, awesome! I too crave bubble gum ice cream from when I was little. May have to buy me an ice cream maker now... haha. Found you from linky party at Kitchen Fun! I would love it if you visited me too!

  4. New follower from freedom hop. Your ice cream looks fun! Love for you to follow back when you get a chance.

  5. Cheese and crackers, do I want some ice cream now! Here from the Freedom hop and now following :) Would love for you to come on by and visit.

    Hugs, Tanya

  6. Oh yes! The bubblegum ice cream came to Freedom Fridays! I am still loving this so much that I am pinning it for my grandbabies!! Thanks so much for your support and sharing at Freedom Fridays!

    1. Thank you for the invite! See you next week :)

  7. Hi this may sound like a silly question but I'm new to making icecream....In your list of ingredients for making this icecream it's says 2 cups of half & half what does this mean? Would b grateful for the answer thank you

    1. Half & half is like 1/2 cream and 1/2 milk so just a lighter cream really. You could substitute regular, whole milk if you can't find it in the grocery store. :)

  8. Im hoping this one will actually taste like the one from my childhood. I got "PINK" bubble gum ice cream from walmart and it didnt taste the same and kinda tasted like Pepto.

  9. Canada seems to be the only place to blue bubblegum ice cream! As a kid from a town called Abbotsford BC, there was an ice cream parlor/restuarant in town called Big Scoop. My parents used to take the family there every so often and Blue Bubblegum (without gum pieces) was my favourite! It wasn't around for many years after Big Scoop went out of business, but it's available from a place called Birchwood Daries. It's exactly as I remembered it! Here is a link to their website.